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June Networking Lunch – WSU Chancellor Lisa Brown

Our June Speaker is WSU Chancellor Lisa Brown. Before becoming Chancellor, she was the state Senate Majority Leader and a champion of LGBT rights. She will discuss what it means to be an Ally and Advocate for LGBT Rights.

When: June 14 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Where: Spokane Valley Event Center, 10514 E Sprague Ave

Register Here

Thank you to our Lunch Sponsor and Chamber Partner, BECU

For more information, contact:

Charles Smaltz, Membership Representative

Welcome New Members, 2017

Welcome New Members, 5/17

All new members listed below are now on our online business directory.

You can join the INBA throughout the year! Please contact Charles at the INBA with your referrals or make an email introduction to Charles and your potential new member.

Dr. Alan Brown, Associate.  Licensed Insurance Producer
WA state #: 935420;  CA state #: 0L40453

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Gene Brake – Keller Williams Real Estate: I realized just how important the relationship between the buyer/seller and broker/agent really was, so I decided to become a Realtor. You don’t want someone to sell you a house, you want someone to help you find your home. That’s not something anyone can pick out for you, this isn’t just a home, it’s your home and my job is to help you find the one right for you and your family. You see, I’m still in customer service, but my focus is now you and your home search.

Home Town Rebuilders:   We are insurance specialist who specialize in property claims through homeowners insurance.  Let us walk you through this difficult and confusing time. All our services are 100% free of charge and the only expense to you will be your deductible! BBB A+ rating!

James Allison
Office 888-380-1114
Cell 509-220-7484 Continue reading Welcome New Members, 2017

Your Guide to Pride: 2017

Celebrate Spokane Pride With INBA! “May the Pride Be With You”

Ready be a part of the largest family-friendly Pride Parade and Festival in the Northwest? We’re getting our businesses and volunteers set up for the Spokane Pride March and Festival on Saturday, June 10 in the Lilac Meadows at Riverfront Park.

Scroll down to see all the ways you and your business can get involved in Pride. Continue reading Your Guide to Pride: 2017

Board of directors update


Carly Cortright has stepped off the board after serving 2 years in order to concentrate on completing her Ph.D.



Nathan Jeffries was appointed to an open 3-year position on the board in February. He is a Captain in the Training Division of the Spokane County Fire District #9, Nathan brings  leadership skills and great enthusiasm to the INBA board.


INBA (the business chamber) and INBA Outreach (our charitable arm) both have open board positions. Board terms are three years and you can serve a total of 2 terms. If you have interest in a leadership role with INBA or INBA Outreach, please email a letter of interest that includes experience and talents you can bring to the board, which board you have interest in serving on, your current CV or resume to, subject line INBA Board of Directors


INBA members meet with Sen. Murray’s staff

Members of Senator Patty Murray’s staff reached out to INBA to hold a learning and listening session on small business concerns and to discuss the President’s Federal Tax Reform Bill. The meeting was arranged very quickly the week before so only a handful of small business owners were asked if they cold participate. The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber and West Plains Chamber were also invited to meet.

President Trump has said that he would slash corporate taxes from 35% to 15%, but Livia Lam informed the group that the current administration has not yet presented a federal tax reform bill, so at this point it is very difficult to comment on how that will effect businesses.

INBA business owners attending the meeting were 420 Friendly, a marijuana retailer; Clearwater Seed, a grower of native grasses and flowers; FireDove Technology, an Information Technology and programming company; and Thinking Cap a marketing and association management company. No businesses from the other two chambers were able to attend, but Katherine Morgan, President/CEO of the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber was able to represent her chamber.

INBA business owners informed Senator Murray’s staff of difficulties they faced in today’s climate. For example, Carol Erhart, owner of 420 Friendly informed the representatives that the current federal laws prohibiting banks from working with the marijuana industry also effect the employees. Employees risk having their bank accounts closed and denied loans due to the employment questions on loan applications.

On the other hand, Robbi Anthony, owner of Firedove Technology, informed the Senator’s staff of the difficulties a trans* business owners and employees face. For trans* people, the process of getting state and federal government documents changed can take years to complete and often involves the addition of physicians to sign off on certain documents to change the gender marker on the trans* individual’s records. Having mis-matched government documents makes it difficult for trans* people to pass background checks, secure leases, get bank accounts and loans, and obtain healthcare to name just a few. She mentioned that trans* people often become entrepreneurs because of the difficulties finding gainful employment. 

Katerine Morgan, from the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber conveyed their organization’s desire to know about infrastructure plans that will effect Spokane Valley.

If any business owner members have anything regarding the Federal Tax Reform Bill or other business related issues they would like to share with Senator Murray, please email Livia Lam, Ph.D., Legislative Director at

2017 INBA Directory Launch Party

Join us for the launch of our 2017 Directory and our Early Bird/Working Professionals Karaoke Night!

April 19 5:30 p.m. | nYne Bar & Bistro

Join us for the launch of our 2017 Directory and our Early Bird Working Professionals Karaoke Night! The party starts at 5:30 with Karaoke starting at 6:00 PM.
Non-RSVP’s: A $5 donation is suggested to attend the party.
Taco Bar is free for the first 50 RSVP’s so be sure to sign up. Non-RSVPs charged $8 for the Taco Bar.
Thank you, sponsors: Levy Law, Cynfully Delicious, Dan Neuenfeldt, Stephanie Butler – Live Real Estate, nYne Bar & Bistro

Chamber Partner Avista Confirms Commitment to EEO and Affirmative Action

Dear Colleague:

 Avista Corp. has been and will continue to be an integral part of each community we serve.  As such, our company is committed to the maximum utilization of all human resources and the goal of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action, and as a Federal Contractor, renews that commitment each year.  Please visit our website, , for a listing of current job openings.

 Avista is committed to diversity in our workforce.  We will create an environment that values diversity and mutual respect and is free from harassment or discrimination for employees, applicants, customers, suppliers and other contacts in all aspects of our daily operations.  Our contractors and subcontractors are also obliged to comply with Executive Order 11246 and its implementing regulations.

 We will continue to recruit, hire, train, and promote in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, disability or any other classification protected by non-discrimination law.  Furthermore, we will continue to provide Equal Employment Opportunity for individuals serving in the Military, the National Guard and Reserves, and Veterans of the U.S. Military.

 Thank you for assisting us in our continued commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action. 


Jen Crouse, SHRM-CP, PHR
HR Recruiter
Avista Corp.
(509) 495-2440

March Networking Lunch Recap: Brian Myers, Empire Health Foundation

Social determinants of health

The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. They include factors like socioeconomic status, education, the physical environment, employment, and social support networks, as well as access to health care.

Speaking at the March INBA networking luncheon at the Lincoln Center on March 8, Brian Myers extended the conversation to INBA members and guests on behalf of Empire Health Foundation.

Brian directs the Foundation’s Rural Aging Services Program, which is aimed at supporting seniors to remain healthy and independent in their homes or communities of choice.  He also oversees the design and implementation of the Capacity Building Program, helping bring over $210 million of outside funding to Eastern Washington and catalyzing partnerships to address social determinants of health.  Brian earned his B.A. from San Francisco State University. His past experience includes education and nonprofits.  Prior to moving to Spokane, he was with TechSoup, a nonprofit social enterprise that increases the capacity of other nonprofits.  He is an avid ultra-marathon runner, often competing in mountain trail races of 100 miles and longer. Continue reading March Networking Lunch Recap: Brian Myers, Empire Health Foundation

Kaiser Permanente acquires INBA Chamber Partner Group Health

Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of Group Health Cooperative became final in February, and with that, Group Health’s more than 651,000 members and more than 6,000 employees in Washington are now part of the largest integrated health system in the nation.  With the acquisition, Kaiser Permanente now serves more than 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, providing both care and coverage.

Through this acquisition, Kaiser Permanente expects to better meet the needs of individuals as well as large commercial and national accounts with employees who live and work in Washington. The move will bring Kaiser Permanente’s high-quality, affordable and accessible health care to an additional 19 counties in Washington State, with 25 primary care clinics in 17 cities, three urgent-care facilities, and four outpatient surgery centers. Kaiser Permanente will invest $1billion over the next decade to expand and modernize facilities and technology, and to improve care and service. There are no immediate changes to the member care and coverage.

For more information, read the full press release here:

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to:

J.P. Morgan acted as exclusive financial advisors to Kaiser Permanente in the transaction.

The 2017 INBA Business Directory is HERE!

The 21st edition of the Inland Northwest Business Directory has arrived! Inside you’ll find resources from over 200 members of the Inland Northwest’s progressive LGBTA business chamber. Check out the online version of the directory as we add more members throughout the year.

Within the next few weeks, directories will be distributed to the list of locations below. If you or your business want to distribute the directories too, call INBA offices at 509-455-3699 and we’ll provide you with a full box (80) or half box (40) of directories plus branded holders that hold 10. Continue reading The 2017 INBA Business Directory is HERE!